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UN-Habitat’s Global Activities Report (GAR) 2017 aims to provide updates of the Agency’s programmatic delivery at the global, regional and national levels for the years 2015-2016. There has been a growing recognition of urbanization as an engine of sustainable development over the past two years, as reflected in the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Other important recent global agreements as indicated in the report also emphasize the role of urbanization and local authorities in promoting resilience and risk reduction as well as in mitigating and adaptation to climate change around the world. Against this background, GAR 2017 focuses on selected normative and operational activities initiated by the Agency in collaboration with partners to support governments at various levels in planning and designing appropriate national urban policies and building institutional and human capacities for sustainable urbanization. In particular, this report pays tribute to the partnerships we have established in support of the NUA and the SDGs in pursuit of a better urban future for all. UN-Habitat’s global initiatives are focusing on supporting countries and cities to establish the foundation for harnessing the power of urbanization for sustainable development, peace and security and human rights, ensuring that no-one and no space is left behind. At the country level, the Agency aims at supporting governments in the formulation of appropriate policies and strategies related to sustainable urbanization, promoting national and local ownership of joint operations. Our technical advisory services and capacity building also contribute to the development and implementation of urban development policies as key pillars of UN-Habitat’s interventions. It is expected that the Report 2017 will contribute to a better understanding of our activities and highlight the partnerships that provide political, technical and financial support much needed for the success of our work. More info →
Launched in 2011, UN-Habitat's Global Public Space Programme works to improve the quality of public spaces worldwide. The programme brings together knowledge, good approaches, tools and methodologies on public space and makes them availably to local authorities and other partners. It also demonstrates, through pilot projects in partnership with cities, the importance of public spaces in achieving sustainable urban development. The programme works in more than 25 countries, including Bangladesh, India, Kenya, South Africa, Peru, Haiti, Kosovo and Mexico. More info →
Policy and programme experiences from different countries have shown the correlation between government legitimacy, stability and peace. The Afghanistan Urban Peacebuilding Programme (AUPP) addresses this complex relationship between governance and peace. The "Safety in Afghan Cities" report, developed from the programme’s baseline survey, presents public perceptions on urban safety in eight of Afghanistan’s most strategic cities, including Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad, Herat, Kunduz, Nili, Bamyan and Farah. It describes people’s opinion on safety and stability by highlighting four dimensions of the issue: 1. Current perceptions on the state of urban safety. 2. Awareness of rights and engagement with local authorities. 3. Provision of municipal and police services, particularly for vulnerable groups. 4. Changes needed to improve safety in cities. More info →
This report provides the reader with compelling evidences drawn from the UN-Habitat Sample of 200 cities showing that urban planning and design is declining globally. It demonstrates that cities are expanding endlessly to peripheries on a pattern of low residential densities and fragmented urbanization, with housing becoming unaffordable by either home ownership or rental. The report brings forward key propositions to establish the fundamentals of planned and sustainable urbanization. It is a must reading for urban practitioners and policy makers. More info →
The 2017 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report, entitled “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource”, demonstrates how improved wastewater management generates social, environmental and economic benefits essential for sustainable development. In particular, the Report seeks to inform decision-makers, government, civil society and private sector, about the importance of managing wastewater as an undervalued and sustainable source of water, energy, nutrients and other recoverable by-products, rather than something to be disposed of or a nuisance to be ignored. The report’s title reflects the critical role that wastewater is poised to play in the context of a circular economy, whereby economic development is balanced with the protection of natural resources and environmental sustainability, and where a cleaner and more sustainable economy has a positive effect on the water quality. More info →
Open-mindedly exploring and investigating opportunities to further improve the conditions for our cities and towns in order to offer an attractive and good living environment will often lead to visions and ideas and eventually to solutions, which might not otherwise have been considered. Continuously searching for new urban solutions is instrumental, as cities and towns are in constant transformation, morphologically, structurally, socially, culturally, and economically. Exploring new solutions and approaches to urban development derived from a particular context also generates new knowledge, which can be transferred elsewhere. More info →
This is the fourth in the series of reports titled UN-Habitat Support to Sustainable Urban Development in Kenya. The reports addresses the topic of urban informality and reports on a capacity building session conducted by UN-Habitat for informal settlement leaders, which was also attended by county technical officers, members of county assemblies, national government officers, development partners, and civil society organizations. More info →
Since 2002, over 5.6 million Afghans have returned from neighbouring countries and as many as 40% of them have not been able to reintegrate in their original locations. The total number of recorded IDPs in Afghanistan is more than 1.2 million. These returnees together with IDPs, rural-urban migrants and high natural population growth have resulted in an unprecedented expansion of Afghan cities. During the past decade, returnees, IDPs and low-income migrants face major obstacles to accessing basic services, adequate shelter and tenure security in cities. More info →
"The Cross-cutting Progress Report 2016 covers UN-Habitat’s activities and achievements, during the course of 2016, in the way of its four cross-cutting issues: climate change, gender, human rights, and youth. The Report presents an overview of the mandate and structure of each of the cross-cutting issues, as well as presenting case studies of the Agency’s work on the ground relating to these issues. The four cross-cutting issues were formalised in 2013 and have since then increasingly worked toward joint normative efforts. For example, the Cross-cutting Project Markers were released in September 2015 and are applied to projects at the Project Advisory Group (PAG) to assess responsiveness to these issues in projects. As of September 2016 all Cross-cutting Project Markers have been uniformly applied by the Programme Division." More info →